TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm' Finale Wins Night, 'Supernatural' and 'Shark Tank' Finales Down

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May 19th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.76 5.20 5.44 2.02 1.52


ABC and NBC tied for number one  among adults 18-49, while CBS was the top network in total viewers. 

On NBC, Who Do You Think You Are? scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 0.9. The season finale of Grimm earned  a 1.6among adults 18-49 up 33% from last week's 1.2, ranking as the night's highest rated program in the demographic. It was the show's highest rated episode  since January 20, 2012. Dateline garnered a 1.1 down from last week's 1.2.

On ABC, the season finale of Shark Tank earned a1.5 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.7. Primetime: What Would You Do? scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, falling from last week's 1.5. 20/20 got a 1.2 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.4.

On the CW, the season finale of Nikita earned a 0.4adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. The season finale of Supernatural got a 0.6, down from last weelks 0.7.


Late night ratings below the primetime table.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, May 18, 2012:

Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
ABC Shark Tank (Season Finale) 1.5/6 5.53
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 1.0/4 5.54
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.8/3 4.26
FOX Kitchen Nighmares (8-10PM) - R 0.8/3 2.02
CW Nikita (Season Finale) 0.4/2 1.47
NBC Grimm (Season Finale) 1.6/5 5.31
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 1.2/4 4.33
CBS CSI: NY - R 0.8/3 5.61
CW Supernatural (Season Finale) 0.6/2 1.57
ABC 20/20 1.2/4 4.43
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1/4 4.76
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.8/3 6.45

via NBC press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • LisaM

    When do they post that, KJCass? I thought it would have been up for Friday by now.

    Dick Roman channeled by James P Stuart was a good character in a bad plot arena. I shook my head when the boys reached the corporate office only to turn back to deal with Bobby/maid. I was like “just go in already!” best thing about the epi, for me anyway, was Crowley and Cas.

  • Melanie

    @KJ “Place the blame on Gamble for giving us a nightmare of RoboSam after Kripke’s era ended. That mess was STILL being cleaned up towards the end of THIS year.”

    LOL I thought Robo!Sam was the best part of S6. I didn’t think they paid enough attention to ‘cleaning up that mess’ (Sam’s mental state) this season.

    The SPN fandom sure is a piece of work, ain’t it? EVERYbody has different opinions about what works and what doesn’t.

    Such an interesting show that it provokes such differing responses in people.

  • LisaM

    @KS why is Cas such a tumour to you? I hated Alistair. I hated Zachariah. There were weekly guests I was not enamoured of. Yet they had their place in the show. Thankfully, not for long. :-) I happened to love Gabriel who was killed off, and John Jr (Matt Cohen) who we no longer see, but I would have wanted more of. When you have a favourite, you want to see more of them.

  • Tessa

    I would disagree that without him the whole show would unravel. Without him the tapestry would have been different, that’s all. If EK had not changed his mind about having angels on the show, S4 would have been very different.

    I meant it would unravel the way it is now. Of course a different story, a different tapestry, won’t need him at all. Heck everyone besides Sam and Dean could be replaced with anyone if a different story was told. But in this universe this is the story we got, and within the boundaries of this story Cas is indispensable.

    It always puzzles me why people compare Cas’s presence in the show to Sam and Dean’s. Of course Sam and Dean are indispensable. They are the leads. How can they not be there? It’s like saying James Bond movies cannot lose James Bond. To which my answer (and to you as well) is “Duh!”

    But people seem to think the show can survive with only Sam and Dean. Come to think of it, if we lose Castiel, we’re pretty much looking at that prospect now that every single supporting character is either dead or missing. You may enjoy a show like that when it’s only Sam and Dean and random strangers. I don’t. That’s why I said if Castiel exits so would I. Not just because I’m a fan of his but because I find the “Sam and Dean alone” show extremely dull. They need some people to bounce off of and Dean in particular needs a friend who interacts with him on a different level than what he has with Sam.

    I wonder why is there no word from @Tessa and @Erin.
    Uh, we have lives…?! :)

  • LisaM

    All the women in their lives die or go away. Where are their female friends? Why do they always need men? How about a strong female hunter recurring character?

  • ME

    Supernatural finale disappointed me and the demo numbers seem to reflect that I am not alone. Nikita renewal, head slap.. what were they thinking? .4 and .6 demos apparently a renewal make this year… Grimm finale was also a little disappointing…

    I’m going back to reading…

  • Melanie

    @Tessa “But in this universe this is the story we got, and within the boundaries of this story Cas is indispensable.”

    I’ll agree he’s been an important and significant part of the show. But indispensable? No. The point is, if we can imagine the story without him, he’s not indispensable. Sam & Dean ARE the story. They are indispensable.

  • Melanie

    @LisaM “How about a strong female hunter recurring character?”

    I’m ok with a strong female recurring character. I hate the idea of other hunters as recurring. We have the hunters already – Sam & Dean are the hunters, — let the other characters contribute something else.

  • Tessa

    Sam & Dean ARE the story.
    That would imply that we could have a story with Sam and Dean sitting at a table drinking tea. It’s a story. But it’s one heck of a boring one.

    Let me use a metaphor for this. If the story was a car then Sam and Dean would be the engine. No car can drive without an engine so it’s true that the engine is indispensable. However a car can drive without a door, or a dash, or even a steering wheel (if it only goes a boring straight line.) But is that really driving? Or is it just moving forward? That’s what Cas is to the story, and what Bobby was until they decided to kill him off, and what hopefully Crowley would be next season. They are the doors, the seats, the roof, the shift. A car needs all of those to be a real car. A story needs supporting characters to be a well rounded story. Otherwise it’s just the main characters going places and doing stuff. We might as well call them Jensen and Jared and have a reality show.

  • LisaM

    @Melanie They have no recurring characters anymore or so it seems, save for Cas. They really need to add more, or else it becomes The Fugitive, with new people every week helping or hindering D&S. There were recurring hunters before, but they are all dead now. So should the show take a different route, and how so?

    Sam goes in search of Dean after fixing up Baby. Maybe meets up with Garth, maybe not. Dean and Cas fight creatures, new and old, as they seek a way oout of Purgatory. That sounds like the basic premise for season 8.

  • KS


    I accept when you say, recurring stars are required. Only Sam and Dean is boring. But they are indispensable to the show. But why do you think, only Castiel can bring all bloom to the show? Is he the only recurring star available in the entire universe? Why don’t they even try out new stars?

    Just like you are bored of Sam and Dean now, I am bored of Castiel long back after season 4. He didn’t do any things from season 5, which were of interest to me. And bringing him repeatedly over and over again, is ridiculous. Especially in Season 7, why should he be brought back again after death? Isn’t that ridiculous.

    I am surprised you find only-Sam-and-Dean monotonous – they were only there for 3 seasons and not find Sam-Dean-Castiel monotonous. They were there since 4 seasons.

    I always, said introduce new characters, not just stagnate on one or two.

  • LisaM

    I had a dream with Crowley in it last night, great fun lol. He needs to be brought back. And please get Cas in his suit. Running around in crazy jammies is not sexy. ;-)

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    @KS Erin was at a movie (Battleship, go see it, it’s better than it looks) and getting groceries.

    However I am also beginning to wonder if this conversation is no longer academic and spiraling off into all of us meeting the definition of insanity (doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results)

  • Melanie

    @LisaM “They have no recurring characters anymore or so it seems, save for Cas. They really need to add more, or else it becomes The Fugitive, with new people every week helping or hindering D&S. There were recurring hunters before, but they are all dead now. So should the show take a different route, and how so?

    Sam goes in search of Dean after fixing up Baby. Maybe meets up with Garth, maybe not. Dean and Cas fight creatures, new and old, as they seek a way oout of Purgatory. That sounds like the basic premise for season 8.”

    Oh I agree, they need a few new characters – I’d like to see Charlie again or Sheriff Mills. I think that as a hacker/researcher Charlie could be useful. Its always been kind of an issue for the show – finding a role for other characters – there’s victims, villians, hunter helpers and hunters – hunter helpers don’t end up being all that interesting and as I said, Dean & Sam are already the hunters in the scenario.

  • miiichilver

    Who cares if Supernatural has the least ratings? And how are we so sure that all of those ratings are accurate hm? Plus, some people don’t have time to watch them so they record them instead and watch it the next day. For us SPN fans, SPN IS STILL #1 and THE BEST! :D Can’t wait for Season 8!

  • DonnaT

    To Tessa:


    Ah, I see. You’re hardcore then. Are you also on their new board? I hear a lot of them are angry at the finale and think the next season will be the ‘Cas and Dean’ show? Do you feel the same? …

    Sorry Tessa, I didn’t see your reply; I answered you (“I’m a Skeptic”) and I only came on TVBTN briefly yesterday to look at at and post results on two forums as one of my “mod” duties, one of which I’m assuming is the one you’re referring to. I don’t post much on “that” board because I haven’t had the time yet beyond posting and commenting a little on the results.

    Since the primary small forum I post on is slowing down and “that forum” is more active I’ll post more often; I also post a little on supernatural.tv. But I agree with most of what of what the skeptics (generally speaking the “mission statement” that was posted on the CW Board and transferred (I think) in “toto” to new board say regarding valid criticism of Castiel although I haven’t even read the thread for at least a month.

    I’m a “Skeptic” who never liked the angel/Heaven introduction from the start but not all “Skeptics” are like me; some started out as Cas fans or indifferent (just another guest star) and then became Skeptics when the show never had Cas admit to letting Sam out of the panic and some even forgave Cas for that but gradually felt that Cas’s storyline was finished at various times during the show. So like “Cas fans”, “Skeptics” come in different “flavors” and include Sam as preferred character but like both, Dean as preferred character, ditto, and completely “BiBro”.

    For a short answer (the show won’t give Cas a fair chance to change Skeptic’s minds) to what created some skeptics from “Cas fans” or “just another character” fans all you do is go back to early S5 when the show not only did not have Cas admit he let Sam out the panic room to go to Ruby, he blamed Sam AND Dean for “breaking the world” and costing him “everything”. All (the show) Cas would have to do is admit that early in the S5 and say he was only following poor/wrong orders and that would have prevented many “Skeptics” from even making enough anti-Cas noise to ever have been noticed.

    I dislike Cas and especially loathe the a “Destiel” vibe that characterized many episodes the character was in; I particularly detest the newer version of crazyzenCas – nearly every recent conversation (with minor exceptions) are as annoying as a “chalk on a blackboard” noise; I “disliked” – and that’s putting it mildly – Cas transferring what he termed “Sam’s Burden” to him in 7.17 (reference 7.21 conversation) because many, many Sam fans felt that was a very lazy way to write themselves out of corner that that they wrote themselves into although “this time” I am only placing the “blame” where it needs to be placed, on the writers, not “Cas”, because barring a few superb Sam Hell storyline episodes, “Sam’s Hell” sl was very poorly executed and that’s just not me saying this, many fans feel this way.

    I thought the finale was the weakest in 7 seasons. I see the worry of many fans, not just Skeptics, of S8 becoming the “Dean and Cas” show because of two valid concerns: Many Fans don’t want more than a few episodes, if
    that, of separation as it’s been established as canon or near canon, that the brothers are stronger together (regardless if Cas is present or not); There are realistic concerns that the writing will be much stronger for Dean & Cas because Sam rarely is the POV character (the writing staff doesn’t have as much practice) – that was one of SG’s strengths as well as Carver’s and newcomer Robbie Thompson (I hope RT contracts for S8! – I loved his episodes).

    I can envision a “3-4 episode to half season” separation but only if the show doesn’t make the whole separation a variation on “Mystery Spot” Rambo/Robo Sam isolating himself again. This time the show has to have Sam realise that “lone wolves need other wolves ;)” and have him seek out allies (Garth, Jodi, for example, posibly Charlie or even Frank if he’s alive but in hiding). I think there’s a lot of potential for all the primary characters to grow (Dean, Sam, Cas?) because as JP put in a recent interview (paraphrased) “separations force the characters to grow as individuals”.

    In short, I’m somewhat leery about the “Dean & Cas show” but not as adverse to the separation as some fans as long as there is equal focus on what both brothers are doing with the forced separation.

    I feel like I opened a vein, Tessa, I hope you’re still around :).

  • DonnaT

    @ KS

    I love your Crow Stories. Three cheers for Story 1 – “Crows” using their own ingenuity rather than waiting on a “Divine Agent” to solve their problems. The Winchesters need to get back to their “Crow Story 1″ roots.

  • Restless

    Those crow stories are enlightening. Except I don’t view Castiel simply by how he can help the Winchesters. Castiel is his own character often with his own plot lines that sometimes don’t even have much at all to do with the Winchesters. I don’t love him because of what he can do for the Winchesters, he’s a character, not a tool. Tessa and Erin gave examples of how he drove the plot because you claimed he was useless or easily replaced, but that’s definitely not the end all be all, and posting an overly simplified story just drives home how little you view the characters. Reducing Cas to just a divine hand giving help is so narrow minded. If that’s really how you view him, no wonder you can’t understand why people like him. It’s like saying you only like Dean when he delivers the kill shot, otherwise you hate him because he’s useless. Or maybe you hate it when Dean does deliver the kill shot, because it means Sam doesn’t get to. With that kind of view, it’s like the characters don’t even matter and become secondary to plot. Obviously you don’t view Sam and Dean as just a means to an end, so you shouldn’t view Castiel like that either. As Tessa told you, some fans are as emotionally connected to Castiel (some moreso) as Sam and/or Dean and it’s rude of you to ignore that and continue to pretend otherwise.

    Also calling Castiel a ‘cancer’ and being so dramatic about canon just makes you look even more like a troll. I don’t understand why you feel the urge to be insulting so often? It’s like you purposely want to start arguments instead of discussions.
    Obviously, Castiel is a part of the show. He was in the show in the past and it’s set up so he’s probably gonna be in the show next season. Dean and Castiel did refer to each other as family, as brothers; that is canon fact. And what do you know, no one had to knife you to prevent it from changing. Amazing how reality works.

    I’ve been reading Television Without Pity and, wow, so much hope there in what’s usually a pit of negativity. xD Season eight could result in some real growth for both Sam and Dean (though, you know, probably won’t last and they’ll be right back to same old same old).

    The brothers can be monotonous because of that, because they do not change much, learn from their mistakes or grow, arguably they’ve been devolving. Meanwhile all Castiel does is change (in my opinion right now, too much too quickly, but still, he’s certainly not stagnate). And the writers do use him to drive plot, usually when he shows up stuff actually happens, which is nice. I think that’s as much proof as anything that the writers must like writing for him.

    Also, just to be the Devil’s advocate, Sam and Dean are really not indispensable. The only reason that could be true is because of the real world actor agreements. Shows can switch out lead characters and go on (three shows off the top of my head: X-Files, Two and a Half Men, and especially Being Human UK as they’ve replaced everyone come season five). No character is irreplaceable on TV shows (unless perhaps if they’re the title character like House M.D.).
    But whether an individual fan could still enjoy the show after their favorite is gone is of course another matter entirely.

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